(a) There is hereby established the California Helping Heroes Child Care Program to provide child care to California families who have one or more parents deployed outside of their local area by the armed services. The program shall be administered by the State Department of Education, and shall be implemented only if federal funding is made available for these purposes. These funds shall be deposited in the Fund For Child Care For Deployed Military, which is hereby established in the State Treasury.
(b) Any California resident who is serving in the active military, reserves, or National Guard, has been deployed to Iraq, and meets income eligibility criteria pursuant to Section 8263.1, is eligible for a child care voucher pursuant to this article.
(c) Families who received child care prior to the deployment of the parent are eligible only for the cost of any additional hours of care that resulted from the deployment.
(d) A family is ineligible for a child care voucher under this section if it receives child care services from the United States military.
(e) Child care vouchers provided by this program shall be administered in accordance with the Alternative Payment Program established pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 8220) except that the funding priorities set forth in Section 8263 that are made applicable to alternative payment programs pursuant to Section 8220 do not apply to the program.
(f) The State Department of Education may adopt regulations to implement this article. The adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation authorized by this section is hereby exempted from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(g) For the purposes of this article, "deployed" means activated to serve in an active military operation or national emergency.
(h) All other applicable provisions of this chapter apply to this program.
(i) This article shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2010, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2010, deletes or extends that date.
(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 555, Sec. 1.)
Education Code 8220
Education Code 8263
Education Code 8263.1
Government Code 11340